Lincoln 7, Sioux City 4 – Box
Lincoln Saltdogs DH Ian Gac and 1B Dennis Raben combined for six hits as the Saltdogs downed the Sioux City Explorers 7-4. Gac went 3-for-5 and Raben was 3-for-3 and both players scored a pair of runs. 2B David Espinosa also scored twice. For the Explorers Yusuke Inoguchi had a monster game offensively with four hits in five at bats, he added two runs and an RBI. Reliever Eddie McKiernan picked up the win for his two innings of scoreless work and Explorers reliever Josh Rainwater was saddled with the loss.
Amarillo 11, Grand Prairie 4 – Box
The Amarillo Sox pounded out 15 hits, seven of them for extra bases, as they beat the Grand Prairie AirHogs 11-4. 1B Joe Weik had a team-high three hits and two of them were doubles. He also scored twice and had one RBI. Five other Sox had multi-hit games including SS K.C. Serna who had a pair of RBI. Grand Prairie’s 1B Frazier Hall had a strong game with three hits and an RBI. The Sox took the lead in the bottom of the second with the first of three three-run innings they would have in the game. Starter Ryan Mitchell earned the win for his five inning start in which he struck out six batters and gave up three earned runs.
Gary SouthShore 5, El Paso 0 – Box
The Gary SouthShore RailCats blanked the homestanding El Paso Diablos 5-0 and allowed the Diablos just six hits in the process. LF Adam Klein scored in the top of the first inning after reaching on an error in the first at bat of the game. C Craig Maddox brought him home with a single. That was the only run on the board until the RailCats came alive in the seventh inning. Five of the first six RailCats to bat in the seventh registered a hit and they put up four more runs to put the game out of reach. Starter Morgan Combs was tabbed as the winner for his six inning start.
Kansas City 11, Laredo 10 – Box
The Kansas City T-Bones held off a ninth inning rally from the Laredo Lemurs to claim victory 11-10. The Lemurs trailed by four going into the bottom of the ninth inning and put forth a strong rally to tighten up the score. A triple by 2B/3B Harrison Kain and a single by CF Sawyer Carroll made it a one-run ball game but reliever Jhonny Montoya (pictured) came in and shut the door by delivering the final two outs. Every T-Bone to register an at bat in the game had at least one hit and five of them had multi-hit games. LF Brandon Jones had a team-high three RBI and three hits. Kain had four RBI for the Lemurs.
Fargo-Moorhead 9, Winnipeg 1 (Game 1 – 7 innings) – Box
Behind a 3-for-4 game from SS Zach Penprase the Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks took the opening game of a doubleheader with the Winnipeg Goldeyes 9-1. Penprase posted the first run of the game for the RedHawks with a double in the fifth inning that tied the score. Penprase scored when DH Jose Garcia singled in the next at bat. In the sixth, Penprase singled home another pair of runs. The RedHawks added four more runs in the seventh to put the game out of reach. Starting pitcher Taylor Stanton picked up the win for going the full seven innings and allowing just one run on four hits while striking out five.
Fargo-Moorhead 4, Winnipeg 3 (Game 2 – 7 innings) – Box
The Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks completed the sweep of the doubleheader with the Winnipeg Goldeyes with a 4-3 win in game two. RedHawks 3B Ronnie Bourquin paced the offense with three hits in three at bats including a fourth inning home run, his second of the year. C Todd Jennings also had a multi-hit game going 2-for-3 with an RBI. The RedHawks took control of the game with a three-run rally in the second inning started by a single from Jennings that scored Bourquin. Fargo-Moorhead never trailed in the contest and P Alex Caldera was credited with the win.
Quebec 5, St. Paul 4 (Game 1 – 7 innings) – Box
The Quebec Capitales took game one of a Saturday afternoon double header with the St. Paul Saints 5-4 scoring all five runs in the third inning. The Saints also posted all of their offense in one inning as they took a 4-0 lead in the top of the first. In the third, SS Jeff Helps led off with a single and was brought home by a double from 2B Jonathan Malo. 3B Josue Peley scored Malo with a single and after a wild pitch that brought home another run C Patrick D’Aoust gave the Capitales the lead with a two-RBI double. For the Saints, both 2B Brad Boyer and LF Willie Cabrera were 2-for-3 at the plate.
Quebec 3, St. Paul 0 (Game 2 – 7 innings) – Box
The Quebec Capitales finished off the sweep of the doubleheader with the St. Paul Saints behind a complete game shutout from starter Karl Gelinas. Though Gelinas allowed nine hits, he threw seven innings of scoreless ball and didn’t allow a walk either. He struck out four batters as well. The Capitales backed Gelinas up with homeruns from 1B Royce Consigli and 2B Maxime Lefevre. Both 1B Dan Kaczrowski and CF Jordan Tripp of the Saints were a perfect 3-for-3 in the second game and two of Tripp’s hits were doubles.
Wichita 7, Sioux Falls 5 – Box
The Wichita Wingnuts fought back from a three-run deficit to beat the Sioux Falls Canaries 7-5. It was the three-run sixth inning that put the Wingnuts out in front for good. C Cole Armstrong, 3B Abel Nieves and RF David Amberson all had two hits in the game and Amberson had a team-high two BRI. For the Canaries, three batters also had two hit games including 2B Jake Taylor who hit his first homerun of the year Saturday night. Starter Jon Link picked up the win in for seven innings on the mound in which he allowed seven hits and struck out seven batters.